Vivant Skin Care Mandelic 3-in-1 Wash Giveaway

vivant skin care mandelic 3-in1 wash

Face washing is an art and should be taken seriously. Carefully select the skin care products and practically apply a facial like experience in the A.M. and P.M. We do this ritual in the morning to look and feel refreshed and awake. And then we wash the day off of our faces in the evening, removing all traces of makeup, as well as any dirt and excess oil.

There are formulas for all different skin types, from sensitive to acne-prone to combination to dry to oily and even those of us with rosacea. You can choose from bars or pump soaps, mild or deep cleansers and take your pick from exfoliating, creamy, foamy or even frothy types.

My personal favorite exfoliating cleanser is the Vivant Skin Care Mandelic 3-in-1 Wash. It is formulated with a combination of mandelic acid, whole leaf aloe vera, kiwi, white grape, honey and green tea, this wash uses the diversity of Mandelic Acid in a paraben free formulation to deeply penetrate into the skin, exfoliating the skin for rejuvenation, even out skin tones for hyperpigmentation, and help maintain acne prone skin with its antibacterial properties.

A gentle wash to help combat surface bacteria and irritations without drying or irritating the skin. It works immediately to dissolve makeup and surface pollution. Mandelic 3-in-1 wash is a scrub made with mandelic acid designed to cleanse and exfoliate dead skin cells with polyethylene beads. The exfoliating action of this product helps active ingredients penetrate the skin. The mandelic acid works to reduce hyperpigmentation and fungal folliculitis. It is oil and soap free that will cleanse away surface bacteria and irritants without drying out the skin.

Vivant Skin Care Mandelic 3-in-1

Price and availability: $33.00,

This powerful yet gentle antioxidant wash has Mandelic derived from almonds, green tea extract, grape seed, kiwi fruit and honey extracts. Mandelic is ideal for adult acne because of it’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. On blotchy skin it “lifts” skin discolorations and dark spots, while also having the beneficial side effect of rejuvenating fine lines by helping to generate new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.

A powerful yet gentler form of Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Mandelic is also ideal for treating sensitive Black, Hispanic, and Asian skin that becomes irritated by harsh benzoyl peroxide products.

Helps ingrown hairs and can also be used as a shampoo on scalp to control dandruff and acne.


Old Factory Candle Gift Set Giveaway


Candle gift sets make buying a thoughtful gift easy. Unlike flowers and candy, candle gift sets last a long time, providing the recipient ongoing enjoyment of their gift.

Old Factory Candle Gift Set will make your home smell divine! There is something special, almost primal, about the quality of natural soy candlelight and what it does to the human spirit. The Old Factory Candle Gift Set is a perfect addition to your long-standing (or just started) candle inventory! It also comes in a lovely recycled box made in the USA.

Old Factory Candle Gift Set

Price & Availability: $25.00,

These candle gift sets each contain 3 different scented candles. Hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming wicks, and premium fragrance oils, the candles burn clean and even for 20 hours. The subtle jar design makes it the perfect complement for any decor, and any room of the house – kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, family room, great room, basement.

The gift sets are themed around a group of related fragrances.  Each aromatherapy blend combines only the finest essential oils with the purest soy wax, without dangerous paraffin or synthetic fragrances.So everyone is sure to find something perfect for every occasion, every room in the house, and all the special someones in your life.

The right candle can set a mood, transforming a space with its fragrance. My personal favorite set is the 50 Shades Old Factory candle gift set which contains 3 different 2 ounce candles; Leather, Jasmine Bubbles, Vanilla Sex. Here’s your chance to one of the 12 fragrance candle gift sets.



Rosehip Oil: The Skin Care Hero

If you’re looking for the latest all-natural and high-powered skin care product, look no further than the addition of light and refreshing rosehip oil to your beauty routine. Rose-hip seed oil comes from the seeds of a rose plant found in the Andes. Rose-hip oil is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids which may correct dark spots and hydrate dry skin. It may also be helpful for reducing scars and fine lines. It has skin rejuvenating properties like vitamin C and lycopene and is also good for sensitive skin types because it’s non-greasy and light on the skin. It is full of beauty-boosting vitamin A, vitamin C and the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6.

Like many natural oils, rosehip oil boasts a range of beauty benefits for the skin, hair and nails. But rosehip oil, unlike natural shea oil or cocoa butter, tends to absorb quickly and cleanly for a mess-free finish. Rosehip oil’s vitamin A is known to promote healthy skin cell rejuvenation, which causes skin to glow and appear fresh and supple. The rejuvenation works on normal skin and also skin damaged by scarring or the sun. The vitamin C in rosehip oil reduces the appearance of dark spots, aging spots and hyper-pigmentation. Apply the oil to the affected area to see a reduction in unsightly dark spots over time. If you suffer from dryness or eczema, nourishing rosehip oil will calm and moisturize your skin with regular application. Just do an “allergy test” on a hidden area of your body before applying to irritated patches of skin to make sure you don’t have a reaction to the oil. Rosehip oil packs a powerful punch of moisture for dry or mature skin, which can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. And unlike other oils, the smooth and light texture of rosehip oil is unlikely to clog your pores.

Dr Song Rosehip Oil

Price & Availability: $14.99,

dr song rosehip oil

Dr Song Rosehip Oil has become my personal favorite because I love the smell; the consistency works well with my skin type; and it’s particularly amazing for repairing sun damage and discoloration. It’s also great for damaged hair and brittle nails. Regularly dabbing a bit of rosehip oil on your nails and cuticles will prevent hangnails and nail breakage.

As an all natural lightweight moisturizer, rosehip oil quickly absorbs and deeply penetrates to heal, nourish and hydrate. It can also be used topically for wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, rashes, burns, acne scars, dry skin, dermatitis, age spots, brittle nails, psoriasis, eczema, hyper-pigmentation, radiation and sun damage, dry & damaged hair, anti-inflammatory

I used to really struggle with my oily skin—I had shine marks in all pictures taken with a flash, I’d have to dab my face multiple times a day, and I always seemed to have breakouts. It seems counterintuitive that putting oils on my face would help reduce my natural overproduction of oil, but it has balanced things out.

You can purchase pure rosehip oil, like Dr Song Rosehip Oil (, $14.99) and apply directly to the skin, nails and hair.


First Steps to a Healthy Lifestyle: Clean Food Diet

Clean eating is a deceptively simple concept. Rather than revolving around the idea of ingesting more or less of specific things (for instance, fewer calories or more protein), the idea is more about being mindful of the food’s pathway between its origin and your plate. At its simplest, clean eating is about eating whole foods, those that are minimally processed, refined, and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible.

Clean eating improves your health, it boosts your immune system, it helps you think better, it makes your skin look better, it makes your hair shine, and your tummy feel much better as well. However, modern food production has become so sophisticated that simply eating whole foods can be a challenging proposition these days.

Clean eating is a challenge, given the amount of processed foods you can find on the market. It sounds harder than it actually is, and once you get started and taste real, clean food and get to testify to its benefits later on, there’s nothing stopping you.

Every single food we buy at the supermarket has at least one additive to preserve it better, to make it look better, or to taste better. But luckily in the last few years, you can see that many people have stopped eating whatever, whenever and began to become more interested in where their food comes from, how it is being produced, what it contains, and what health benefits it has. This has led to a movement that is trending more and more called clean eating.

Clean Food Diet eBook

cleaneatingPrice & Availability: $17.99,

With the Clean Food Diet eBook, by Jonathan Vine, you will learn how to find and eat clean foods like lean protein, good-for-you carbs and fats, fresh fruits, and vegetables — six times a day in the right amounts. With the addition of drinking of water, and exercise regularly, you’ll turn your sluggish metabolism into a fat-burning machine. In the Clean Food Diet eBook, you’ll learn that clean eating has a lot of benefits beyond weight lost. You’ll stay healthy and have more energy. Your eyes will look bright and alert. Your teeth and gums will be healthier. Your skin will glow. All it takes is a few diet changes.

I have never really concerned myself with any specific diet, because I an active and I always thought I had a decent eating habit. After reading Jonathan Vine’s Clean Food Diet ebook, I was awaken to the food struggles that I was putting my body through. There are a lot of simple changes that can be mean and a ton of great recipes to get you started on a clean diet. The change is minimal but the results are positive and long-term.

Get your copy today at for only  $17.99. Your body, mind and future self will thank you.


Clean Makeup: Ageless Derma Pressed Mineral Foundation


Gone are the days of messy, powder-coated bathrooms. Mineral foundation now comes in a slew of formulas, from travel-friendly compacts to richly pigmented liquids. Celebrities are wearing it, glossy ads are promoting it and many people are buying it. Mineral make-up is the latest buzz.


Minerals are naturally occurring substances, generally mined from the earth’s crust. They are pulverised into fine micro-particles and added to preparations from foundations to nail polish. The main minerals used are titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, iron oxide, mica, gold and magnesium.

Ageless Derma Anti-Aging Pressed Mineral Foundations is 100% pure mineral makeup that feel as light as air and provides radiant barely there glow. It creates a sheer natural coverage that will replenish the skin while it protects it and keeps it neutralized from free radicals that are so damaging to the skin. The lighter texture of Ageless Derma Foundations makeup will allow the skin to breathe while it repels the humidity in the air. This dynamic mineral make up adds the finishing touch to your make-up routine leaving your skin with an air brushed look that is very appealing. This mineral makeup contains light reflecting properties that will create a smooth and silky finish to any skin type.

Ageless Derma Pressed Mineral Foundation

Price & Availability – $42,


The mineral make-up trend is being driven by a desire for “cleaner” products. Mineral make-up generally contains less chemical-based ingredients such as parabens, fragrances, binders and synthetic dyes, which can help eliminate some of these problems. The major benefit of mineral make-up is that it generally does not clog the pores, allowing the skin to “breathe” naturally. As such, it is less likely to aggravate an acne condition or cause flare-ups.

Currently Obsessed

Have you ever had an obsession that refuses to quit? Well, I’m currently obsessed with the products below and it scares me. Usually my obsessions are short live, because they are one style and then the trend passes. However, all of my current obsessions seem to be difficult to shake. They are versatile products that have yet to run its course.



Let’s start with my deepest obsession… BASKETS. There is good and bad in this product.

The good, the style, texture, color and just the plain look and feel of them make them a never ending obsession.  Baskets offer such diverse uses. I get most of my baskets at Goodwill stores, street markets, and stoop sales. I live in Brooklyn, stoop sales are everything (obsession for another post)!

Now for the bad. I have way to many baskets and I can’t seem to find a reason to part with them. They are incredibly stylish for the home and for the park. I love them! Maybe too much. My home is a clutter of baskets, it has gotten to the point, where the cozy, minimally decorated, natural vibe the I was going for in my home has changed to a birds nest of BASKETS!

This summer, I will be having my own stoop sale (first time) to help relieve the stress of too much of a good thing. I look forward to passing on these gorgeous baskets for another lovely lady to obsess over.

Desk Handset with Stand for Facetime, Skype and Mobile Calls

Native Union Curve Twin Handset

I love, love my tablet and mobile phone twin handset, keyword ‘twin’! It is awesome. If you are anything like me, you have multiple devices at home and these devices are getting bigger every season. I am like a workhouse with my devices when I’m at home. I’m chatting on Skype, talking with friends, perusing the internet all at the same time. With the help of the native union twin handset from my new fav accessory shop,, I’m able to stay on top of conversations all without ever touching my devices.

Okay, let get this out of the way early. Yes, the more distance you put between yourself and your mobile device while in use may cut down on any potential radiation.

However, the reason why I bought this accessory is because I feel more comfortable holding a regular phone handset then my mobile phone. It really helps to multitask and it gives me an office feel at home. I work better with tools that provide convenience. To get you devices under control, take a look at the Mobile Fun website. When I began looking for hands free kits for mobile devices, there were tons of choices, maybe there will be a better one for you. Let me know if you find one!


Last summer I was at one of many Brooklyn Flea markets and I found the most exquisite liquor decanter. The seller told me that a glass topper decanter was a ‘rare’ find. How lucky am I?

I’m not a big drinker nor do I collect liquors. However, I do have a number of liquors that I thought would look pretty in a decanter. A simple thought, right? Wrong. I found the above decanter and fell in love. I’m completely obsessed in getting the most unique liquor decanter. They come in different shapes, sizes, and style. I usually have success at flea markets, thrift shops, and stoops sales.

I hesitated with this last obsession because I didn’t want anyone of my readers to beat me to the perfect decanter. But after further thought, I figured, the more people buying decanters takes away the opportunity for me to continue adding them to my over obsessed collection.

I feel like I was at a therapy session and I am admitting to all my vices. This was a healthy exercise. Let me know if you guys have any obsession?

Oscar Night’s Best Dressed

Best Dress Males

Bradley Cooper, Tom Ford & Tyler Perry


Best Dress Females

Bette Midler, Reem Acra & Charlize Theron, Dior


Best Dressed Couple

Matthew McConaughey, Dolce & Gabbana & Camila Alves, Gabriela Cabrena

Beyonce – Pencey Standard

Beyonce - Pencey Standard

Quiz striped dress
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Circular sunglasses

2013 Grammys Look of the Night – Solange Knowles

2013 Grammy Best Dress Solange Knowles Ralph & Russo Couture gown paired with Lorraine Schwartz jewels
Ralph & Russo Couture gown paired with Lorraine Schwartz jewels

For the Non-Practicing Catholics

Let me be the first to write my, not so anonymous confession.

I love being sick. It allows me to contribute absolutely nothing to the world without regret. 

You’re next! What are your ‘anonymous’ confessions?